Joris Bierkens

dr. ir. J. Bierkens
Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics
TU Delft
Mekelweg 4
2628 CD Delft
The Netherlands

My interest lies in the computational challenges arising in Bayesian statistics and statistical physics. This means that I am mostly developing and analyzing new Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithms.

At the moment my research has a strong focus on the use of Piecewise Deterministic Markov Processes for Monte Carlo purposes. This discovery opens up an entirely new family of elegant algorithms which can be extremely efficient in challenging settings. Naturally, this discovery also leads to many further open questions. See the project page for an overview.

I am an Associate Editor for the Applied Probability Trust, dealing with the Journal of Applied Probability and Advances in Applied Probability.


15-9-2021: Our paper Adaptive Schemes for Piecewise Deterministic Monte Carlo Algorithms, with excellent work by my PhD student Andrea Bertazzi, has been accepted for publication in Bernoulli.

12-8-2020: Excellent presentations at the online MCQMC 2020 conference by PhD student Andrea Bertazzi on Adaptive Piecewise Deterministic Monte Carlo Algorithms and postdoc Paul Dobson on Infinite dimensional Piecewise Deterministic Markov Processes.

1-6-2020: Our paper on the Boomerang Sampler with PhD student Sebastiano Grazzi and also with Gareth Roberts and Kengo Kamatani has been accepted for ICML 2020.

20-7-2019: PhD position Computational Statistics/Piecewise Deterministic Monte Carlo

7-12-2018: Joint work with Gareth Roberts and Pierre-André Zitt, Ergodicity of the zigzag process, has been accepted for publication in Annals of Applied Probability.

2-8-2018: The first vacancy for a PhD student as part of my Vidi project has appeared online. I am looking for a student with a mathematics or statistics background with a keen interest in the theory of stochastic processes.

31-7-2018: Joint work with Kengo Kamatani and Gareth Roberts on High-dimensional scaling limits of piecewise deterministic sampling algorithms has appeared on arXiv.

29-5-2018: I am honoured to have been awarded a NWO Vidi grant. This means that over the coming years I will be able to appoint two PhD students and a postdoc on Zig-Zag related topics. Please contact me if you are interested in carrying out research in this direction.

20-4-2018: Our paper The Zig-Zag Process and Super-Efficient Sampling for Bayesian Analysis of Big Data (in collaboration with Paul Fearnhead and Gareth Roberts) has been accepted for publication in Annals of Statistics.

Projects for students

Feel free to contact me if you would like to carry out a research project (BSc/MSc) in the direction of Markov Chain Monte Carlo, stochastic processes, or probabilistic computation in physics, statistics and/or statistical learning.

Information for companies

R&D professionals with research questions concerning Bayesian statistics and in particular Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods are welcome to contact me.